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false consciousness

a Marxist theory that people are unable to see things, especially exploitation, oppression, and social relations, as they really are; the hypothesized inability of the human mind to develop a sophisticated awareness of how it is developed and shaped by circumstances.
any belief or view that prevents a person from being able to understand the true nature of a situation. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • Confusion about the nature of the so-called information age has led to a state of collective false consciousness.
  • Our minds have been warped by relentless marketing designed to engender false consciousness of stark political brand contrasts.
  • Presumably victims of false consciousness in the latter instance.
  • But this self-recrimination, he goes on to reveal, was simply false consciousness.

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